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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments I think I was more successful in 2016 than 2017, but I'm still going to try again in 2018! I'll definitely be going with the flow this year and not trying to go in any particular order. I think I'm going to share more of my planning process as well. I'm going back to school in 2018 as well so that will also make it harder for me. We'll see what happens!


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments 16 | 52

✓ 01: with the letters A, T, & Y in the titleThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
✓ 02: from the first 10 books added to your TBR listThe Lake by AnnaLisa Grant
✓ 03: from the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsGeekerella by Ashley Poston
✓ 04: linked by the 4 elements - EarthThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
✓ 05: about or inspired by real eventsColumbine by Dave Cullen
06: originally written in a language other than English
07: a gothic novel
08: an "own voices" book
✓ 09: with a body part in the titleInk and Bone by Rachel Caine
✓ 10: an author's debut bookTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
11: a literary fiction
12: set in Africa or South America
✓ 13: with a plot centered around a secretThe Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
14: linked by the 4 elements - Fire
15: with a unique format/writing structure
16: a narrative nonfiction
✓ 17: a book you expect to make you laughWallbanger by Alice Clayton
18: with a location in the title
✓ 19: a book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand Master authorMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
✓ 20: rated 5 stars by at least one of your friendsThe Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
21: written in first person perspective
22: a book you have high expectations or hope for
23: a medical or legal thriller
24: a book with a map
25: with an antagonist/villain point of view
26: with a text only cover
27: about surviving a hardship
28: linked by the 4 elements - Water
29: with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or in the title
✓ 30: a short bookForever Changed by Mona Ingram
✓ 31: set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been toUntil Harry by L.A. Casey
32: an alternate history book
33: connected to a word "born" in the same year as you
34: a suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls that didn't win, but was polarizing or a close call
✓ 35: featuring a murderLock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
✓ 36: published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read beforeFractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard
37: a Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
38: a science or science fiction book
39: with a form of punctuation in the title
40: from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
41: by an author with the same first and last initials
42: that takes place on, in or under-water
43: with a title that is a whole sentence
44: a ghost story
45: a book that intimidates/scares you
46: linked by the 4 elements - Air
47: where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
✓ 48: related to one of the 7 deadly sinsFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
49: from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
50: a book with a warm atmosphere
51: an award-winning short story or short story collection
52: published in 2018


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments ♦ = top choice

✓ 01: with the letters A, T & Y in the title

✓ 02: from the first 10 books added to your TBR list

✓ 03: from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

✓ 04: linked by the 4 elements - Earth

✓ 05: about or inspired by real events

06: originally written in a language other than English
Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George



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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

07: a gothic novel
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


08: an "own voices" book
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
March: Book One by John Lewis
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Pointe by Brandy Colbert


✓ 09: with a body part in the title

✓ 10: an author's debut book

11: a literary fiction
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


12: set in Africa or South America
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Origin by Jessica Khoury
City of the Sun by Juliana Maio
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White


✓ 13: with a plot centered around a secret


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

14: linked by the 4 elements - Fire
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Fire by Sara Raasch
The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell


15: with a unique format/writing structure
S. by J.J. Abrams
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


16: a narrative nonfiction
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain


✓ 17: a book you expect to make you laugh

18: with a location in the title
Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey
Finding Paris by Joy Preble
Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
Montana Bride by Jillian Hart
Montana Cowboy by Jillian Hart
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit


✓ 19: a book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand Master author


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

✓ 20: rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends

21: written in first person perspective
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon


22: a book you have high expectations or hope for
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The Black Key by Amy Ewing


23: a medical or legal thriller
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell


24: a book with a map
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes


25: with an antagonist/villain point of view
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Vicious by V.E. Schwab


26: with a text only cover
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
Mind Blind by Lari Don
Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway



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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

27: about surviving a hardship
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer


28: linked by the 4 elements - Water
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
The Lake by AnnaLisa Grant
The Sea-God at Sunrise by G.L. Tysk
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Wake by Amanda Hocking
The Water Wars by Amanda Hocking
Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong


29: with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or in the title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Spark by John Twelve Hawks


✓ 30: a short book

✓ 31: set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to

32: an alternate history book
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card



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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

33: connected to a word "born" in the same year as you - 1988
• channel surfing
♦ crop circle
• e-book
• emo
• f-bomb
• gangsta
• gentleman's club
• jpeg
• mosh pit
• road rage
• three-peat
• unibrow

34: a suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls that didn't win, but was polarizing or a close call
• picked off TBR by family member or friend
• less than 100 pages
• takes place over one day
• related to music
♦ with a supernatural character

✓ 35: featuring a murder

✓ 36: published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read before

37: a Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

38: a science or science fiction book
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Armada by Ernest Cline
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


39: with a form of punctuation in the title
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
#scandal by Sarah Ockler



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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

40: from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

41: by an author with the same first and last initials
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Morgan Matson
Megan Miranda
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Slated by Teri Terry

42: that takes place on, in or under-water
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville


43: with a title that is a whole sentence
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher
(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes
You Don't Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow


44: a ghost story
The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


45: a book that intimidates/scares you
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers by J.K. Rowling
11/22/63 by Stephen King
S. by J.J. Abrams



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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

46: linked by the 4 elements - Air
The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Magnolia by Kristi Cook
How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak


47: where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


✓ 48: related to one of the 7 deadly sins

49: from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists


50: a book with a warm atmosphere
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Sarah Dessen


51: an award-winning short story or short story collection
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu


52: published in 2018



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Stephanie (scharle4) | 94 comments Good luck! (and you're smart to reserve comment boxes after your main post)


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Stephanie wrote: "Good luck! (and you're smart to reserve comment boxes after your main post)"

Thank you! It's something I've seen others do and thought it was a good idea. I was able to share some of my planning process without it all being on giant post!


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments

January will be an interesting month. I wanted to read the Around the Year challenge in order, but I don't think that will happen since it'll involve (if I stick to my plan) working on/starting two doorstoppers that month. Moby-Dick or, The Whale would go for week 42 (takes place in, on or under water) and The Pillars of the Earth for week 4 (linked by the four elements - earth). They are both well over 700 pages. I have someone interested in reading Moby-Dick or, The Whale as a buddy read at the beginning of the year so that basically means I'd be reading the list out of order. I think having a buddy read will help me slog through it though - to have someone to discuss it with, especially if I get stuck in spots.

In regards to The Pillars of the Earth, it'll be a reread. I know I've recently reread it in the last couple years, but with the new installment out I want to get refreshed. I really enjoyed it the first time I read it, but not quite as much the second time. I'll probably start it and if it's not clicking, I'll just move on through the series! If I end up not reading it, then I'll need to pick a new book for that particular week's topic (linked by the four elements - earth). I'm considering Day 21. I think it fits the topic because it's all about reclaiming the earth (at least the first one was). It would be much easier to get through than The Pillars of the Earth.

I'm also not 100% sure I'll stick with Exit, Pursued by a Bear for the first week's topic (with the letters A,T, and Y in the title). I've been wanting to read it, but I'm not sure if it'll be too heavy. Same thing with The Hate U Give which I'm planning on reading for week 3 (from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards). With Moby-Dick or, The Whale going at the same time - will I be able to handle heavier topics with a heavy read? Or should I try to find something more fluffy? Fluffy I like. Fluffy is easy. My back up for week 1 is Isla and the Happily Ever After (definitely fluffy) and I'm still unsure about a back up for week 3. There weren't really any fluffy/easy reads that interested me in the 2017 Choice Awards. I may just stick with The Hate U Give as it's the one that interested me the most in the bunch.

I am excited to reread Warrior though. It's number 8 on my TBR which makes it perfect to read for week 2 (from the first 10 books added to your TBR list). It's been AGES since I last read it and I remember really enjoying it. It'll be interesting to see if it holds up to my memory of it. There's not really many other books in the first 10 on my TBR that interest me right now - that, or they'll work for other challenges so I want to save them for those later weeks. We'll see!

Another thing that will make January interesting, and really my reading year in general, is that I'm starting school! I haven't been in school since 2011 (and barely even then). I'm definitely going to lose some major reading time so I have to be more deliberate about what I read and what I push through for the sake of finishing. I'm excited though! It'll definitely be a busy year!


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I vote for "Dust and Decay" and "Anna Karenina"


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Anastasia wrote: "I vote for "Dust and Decay" and "Anna Karenina""

I'm looking forward to both! I'm hoping to read them in the upcoming year. Dust & Decay has higher chances due to the length, but I'm trying to get through some chunky books as well (including Anna Karenina).


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Jenna (jennabgemini) | 188 comments This list is incredible! I can't wait to live vicariously through your reads haha! Especially some of those epics... wow. I'm trying to decide which Tolstoy to go with myself this year... started War and Peace last year and made it 100 in before getting derailed by life, so I definitely want to reattempt that, but Anna Karenina might be where it's at for 2018


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~ wrote: "This list is incredible! I can't wait to live vicariously through your reads haha! Especially some of those epics... wow. I'm trying to decide which Tolstoy to go with myself this year... started [..."

Anna Karenina is the only Tolstoy I've attempted. I got almost half way through before life got in the way so I know it's something I don't completely hate/dread reading. The length is definitely what's intimidating for me. I don't think I could try more than one Tolstoy in a year though. lol War and Peace is far more intimidating!


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Chinook | 639 comments Have you tried the Serial Reader app? I’ve been trying it with shorter classics and I’m enjoying it. You read 10-20 minute chunks per day. For me, getting the alert on my phone each day is keeping me on track.


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Chinook wrote: "Have you tried the Serial Reader app? I’ve been trying it with shorter classics and I’m enjoying it. You read 10-20 minute chunks per day. For me, getting the alert on my phone each day is keeping ..."

I've heard of it! I plan on using it for Moby Dick in the new year for a buddy read! Depending on how that goes, I'll probably use it for some other intimidating/long books.


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Jenna (jennabgemini) | 188 comments Chinook wrote: "Have you tried the Serial Reader app? I’ve been trying it with shorter classics and I’m enjoying it. You read 10-20 minute chunks per day. For me, getting the alert on my phone each day is keeping ..."

Hmm that sounds interesting, might look into it


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments 01.01.18

I can't believe the new year is actually here! While I didn't read as many books as I wanted to in 2017, I did surpass my page goal so I'm counting it as a win!

I generally like to start the year with a fresh new read to kind of set the year right. However... I'm still in the middle of three books so that's not going to happen! But that's okay - it kind of fits in with one of my goals for the year which is to follow through. What better way to start the year with following through than to finish books I've already started!

Currently I'm working on:

Columbine by Dave Cullen Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Columbine - I haven't picked this up in a couple months so I really want to get through it and get it off my currently reading list.

Murder on the Orient Express - I started this in December for a group read. I made it through part one and then work happened. I work retail so anytime for reading kind of disappeared. I hope to finish it in the next few days!

Me Before You - I've been wanting to reread this for a few months so I finally am! I've been chipping away at it a little bit before bed every night. Slow going, but at least I'm reading!

Moby-Dick or, The Whale - I only started this today for a buddy read. I'm reading it through the Serial Reader app so I don't get overwhelmed by these beast of a book. I'm pretty happy to be getting through a chunkster at the start of the year (and a classic to boot!).

Of these books, I think only one actually counts toward my Around the Year Challenge (Moby-Dick or, The Whale - week 42).


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments First AtY book finished!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō | 01.06.18 | 208 pages | ★★★

On a whim I decided to pick this up. I had seen this pop up a lot last year so I was curious! While I could see the logic and reasoning behind her method and why it would work for most people, I was not entirely a fan of how it was written. It was SO repetitive! Overall, I think I may try some of her methods, but I don't think I'll go full blown into the KonMari method.

Quotes that I enjoyed & made me think:
"Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination."
"We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of."
"Letting go is even more important than adding."

I didn't originally plan on reading this for 01: with the letters A, T & Y in the title, but I'm just going with the flow this year so who am I to go against a random pick? lol My top pick was originally Exit, Pursued by a Bear so I'll just have to add that in somewhere else!


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments 01.14.18

I decided to do a little mid-month update!

Currently I'm reading:

Columbine by Dave Cullen Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Even though it's been a couple weeks since declaring my intentions to 'follow through' and finish what I've already started... I still haven't picked up Columbine or Murder on the Orient Express. lol

I did start Moby-Dick or, The Whale via Serial Reader. I'm a few installments behind, but still chugging through it! I'm about 10% through and I honestly can't imagine trying to read it without having it broken down into smaller chunks.

I decided to pick up Twilight as a bit of a throwback. It'll fulfill a few different challenges (like week 10 for Around the Year).

I decided to not pick up The Hate U Give this month since it'll be a group read in February. I also haven't been able to pick up The Pillars of the Earth as early as I wanted. I've had better luck with ebooks so decided to put in on hold through my library so I want to wait for that to come in before starting.

I'm okay with all the changes though! I'm trying to take this year to really learn to just go with the flow and pick up what interests me, instead of trying to pigeon hole myself into books that aren't right for the moment (if that makes any sense lol).


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Twilight by Stephenie Meyer | 01.14.18 | ★★★

I've always enjoyed this book. It's one of the books that got me back into reading way back when. I can definitely see how this helped make YA more prominent. I haven't read it for a few years, but I used to reread it almost every year. It was nice getting back into that world. I kind of missed it! I'm not sure I'll reread the entire series, but I'm definitely rewatching the movies! lol

Slightly spoilery quote I liked: "Oh, a sadistic vampire, intent on torturing her to death, sure, no problem, she runs off to meet him. An IV, on the other hand..."

This was not the original book I had planned for 10: an author's debut book (so far neither book I've read for this challenge has been what I planned!), but I'm learning to just go with it!


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine | 01.25.18 | ★★★★

I vaguely remember when this book first came out and was intrigued. I was able to get my hands on a copy and then it just sat there. I finally picked it up! I had a few issues with the world building. Some things weren't really well described (or I just didn't understand them), but overall it was still easy to picture this world. I did enjoy the cast of characters, but didn't quite see the love interests. I'm definitely interested in reading more of this series though!

I picked this up for week 09: with a body part in the title (which was actually my top choice!).


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments So far, I've only read one book that I had planned for this. Oops! lol This is what I picked up for week 48: related to one of the 7 deadly sins:

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James | 02.14.18 | ★★★

I never really wanted to read this. The whole BDSM thing isn't really my thing. However, I was in a weird mood and decided - why the heck not? I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding this book, but also a lot of love. I found it hard to put down. I enjoyed it! There was still a lot I didn't like though. It mainly got three stars because of the entertainment factor. It wasn't really well written, and I can definitely see a lot of the issues with the relationship. It was NOT healthy. That said... I'm already reading the sequel. lol I'm intrigued!


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Yet another topic where I didn't read what I originally planned, but oh well! I still enjoy the planning process even if I don't necessarily follow the plan. lol

The Lake by AnnaLisa Grant | 02.21.18 | ★★★

This was book #2 on my TBR list when sorted by date added. I can't even remember how long it's been on my TBR! I've considered reading it many times over, but never really got to it. I'm glad I finally read it. It wasn't the most amazing book ever, but I liked it. It also was not what I expected at all. There is definitely insta-love (major), but also a cliffhanger; not really my favorite things. Oh well! I may or may not continue the series - I'm not sure yet.


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments I don't think I'm going to stick with my plan! lol I keep going rogue, but at least I'm still reading - right?

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton | 03.08.18 | ★★★★

I bought this book earlier in the year when it was on sale and finally picked it up! I liked it. It was entertaining! I liked Simon and Caroline. They have good banter with each other. It definitely had its funny moments as expected so it works perfectly for week 17 - a book you expect to make you laugh. I'm already reading the sequel to get more of Simon and Caroline!


message 30: by Brianna (new)

Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments I honestly need to just throw my plan away because I keep going rogue! School has also taken more of my reading time than anticipated so I'm wicked behind. I'm fine with that though because at least I'm still reading!

The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan | 03.23.18 | ★★★★★

I picked this book up in exactly the right moment. While my friends were pretty mixed on this book, I just absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down! I went to bed reading it and when I woke up - immediately picked it up again. It was nice seeing a different perspective of a college athlete. Drew was all around a good guy and not the typical cocky, asshole. HE'S the one who wants more and has depth and was definitely my favorite. I also appreciated the curvier main character.


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Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments School has taken far more out of me and my time than I though it would so not reading as much or really what I originally planned. Oh well! lol

11 | 52

✓ 01: with the letters A, T, & Y in the titleThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo | ★★★
✓ 02: from the first 10 books added to your TBR listThe Lake by AnnaLisa Grant | ★★★
✓ 04: linked by the 4 elements - EarthThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett | ★★★★
✓ 09: with a body part in the titleInk and Bone by Rachel Caine | ★★★★
✓ 10: an author's debut bookTwilight by Stephenie Meyer | ★★★
✓ 17: a book you expect to make you laughWallbanger by Alice Clayton | ★★★★
✓ 19: a book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand Master authorMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie | ★★★★
✓ 20: rated 5 stars by at least one of your friendsThe Hook Up by Kristen Callihan | ★★★★★
✓ 31: set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been toUntil Harry by L.A. Casey | ★★★
✓ 36: published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read beforeFractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard | ★★
✓ 48: related to one of the 7 deadly sinsFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James | ★★★


message 32: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments But you got Pillars of the Earth taken care of! I've been putting that one off. It is soooo long.


message 33: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 639 comments I’m only at 5/52 - though my other two challenges (Pop Dugar and Book Riot) are both ahead, so I should really refocusing this one!


message 34: by Brianna (new)

Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Tammy wrote: "But you got Pillars of the Earth taken care of! I've been putting that one off. It is soooo long."

It thankfully went quick!


message 35: by Brianna (new)

Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments I'm almost caught back up! I'm currently only 1 book behind, but I have 2 that qualify that I'm currently reading! Almost there!


✓ 03: from the 2017 Goodreads Choice AwardsGeekerella by Ashley Poston | ★★★★
✓ 05: about or inspired by real eventsColumbine by Dave Cullen | ★★★
✓ 13: with a plot centered around a secretThe Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene | ★★★★★
✓ 30: a short bookForever Changed by Mona Ingram | ★★
✓ 35: featuring a murderLock & Mori by Heather W. Petty | ★★★


message 36: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Good job catching up. I read Columbine earlier this year and I learned a lot that I didn't know about that terrible tragedy.


message 37: by Brianna (new)

Brianna (bebecburt) | 549 comments Same! Mostly just all the stuff that happened after. I never knew just how dragged out everything was and how hard it was for people to get answers (victims especially).


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